Of Mary Worley's Article 'In Defense Of Fat Acceptance'

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In the article “Fat and Happy: In Defense of Fat Acceptance” Mary Ray Worley introduces her first hand experience with being fat. She discusses her personal problems and issues with the readers. Mary Worley is a member of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (163). Mary Worley describes what it was like to go to one of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) conventions. Worley describes the convention as a different world (163). The fat shaming was left at the door when a person walked in. “Fat and Happy: In Defense of Fat Acceptance” by Mary Ray Worley expresses that today’s society of people reject fat people. Worley gives incite to some studies that show body size can be determined by their genetic makeup …show more content…

Most people tend to have many harsh ideas about the impact of being fat but in reality it is just a health problem or combination of health problems (165). Fat people often strive to lose weight, but they want instant gratification. Losing weight as fast as possible is more harmful to the body than actually being fat (165). It is much healthier to lose the weight slowly over a long period of time. However, no one wants that, they all want the weight to be gone as fast as possible. Worley explains that people should accept their bodies for what they are no matter if they are skinny or fat. If a fat person decides to lose weight, then they should do it in a healthy way (165). People are more likely to keep the weight off if they do it in a healthy manner. However, if a fat person tries to lose weight in a fast manner, they are more likely to put the weight back on (165). This shows the unhealthy relationship people have with their bodies, that Worley is trying to point out and combat in her …show more content…

The author suggests that people strive to form a new relationship with their bodies (167). Worley describes the new relationship as, “... one that does not involve self-loathing, one that appreciates the miraculous bodies we have, one that brings us joy” (167). She also mentions that one should never say sorry for his body size and people should embrace their body sizes (167). Worley explains how people look at models and pictures in magazines wanting to be skinny just like them. However, society fails to remember the reality of those photos. The people built in those magazines photos are more than likely photoshopped to look appealing. Photoshop enables a photo editor to make the model as skinny as he desires. People should stop looking at the glorified photoshop, and learn to love the bodies they were

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